MacBook Air Gets A Nice Hardware Upgrade That Will Compel You To Purchase One

Omar Sohail
Posted Apr 19, 2016
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While all the attention has been placed on Apple’s 12-inch MacBook, you probably did not notice that the company decide to place a small, yet important on its 13-inch MacBook Air.

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13-inch MacBook Air Now Starts From 8GB Of RAM As Its Base Model – 11-inch MacBook Air Will Come With Only 4GB Of RAM

While the 11-inch MacBook Air might only feature 4GB of RAM as its base model, it is the 13-inch model that is going to receive all the attention thanks to the latest upgrade you will be receiving after purchasing one. The starting specifications of the 13-inch model will feature a 128GB PCIe flash storage, and can be configured all the way up to 512GB, if you require that much space. The 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM will be running at a speed of 1600MHz, and will give you more headroom in carrying out the more demanding tasks.

As for the processor, MacBook Air starts with a dual-core Core i5 chip running at a speed of 1.6GHz. The Turbo Boost technology of Intel’s processors will force the chip’s frequency to shoot up to 2.70GHz when required and the highest configured model features a Core i7 chip with a base clock speed of 2.2GHz. As for the battery life rating, Apple has stated the details below:

  • Up to 12 hours wireless web
  • Up to 12 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days standby time

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As for the dimensions, they have been listed below:

  • Height: 0.11-0.68 inch (0.3-1.7 cm)
  • Width: 12.8 inches (32.5 cm)
  • Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm)
  • Weight: 2.96 pounds (1.35 kg)
Apple to Add iPhone 4 and 2010 MacBook Air to Its Obsolete List Later in the Month

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The integrated graphics chip is an Intel HD Graphics 6000 and it provides support for a dual display and video mirroring. Another feature that comes along with it is the simultaneous support of full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840 by 2160 pixels on an external display. Unlike the 12-inch MacBook, the 13-inch MacBook Air features a multitude of connectors, and they have been listed below:

  • Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5Gbps)
  • Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps)
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
  • 5 mm headphone jack

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Additionally, there is also an 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter coupled with a Bluetooth 4.0 chips. Keep in mind that the base model of MacBook Air starts at $999 and features 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a Core i5 dual-core processor, while the $1199 model only bumps up your storage up to 256GB. If you happen to be the type of consumer who goes for a nice price/performance solution, then the $999 model will suit your purpose quite nicely.

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